Rams to Move to Los Angeles; Chargers Have Option to Join Them


The Rams and Chargers will play at Stan Kroenke’s Inglewood site.

The Rams and Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, and will play at the Hollywood Park site put forward by Stan Kroenke. The NFL will go ahead with the move after meeting with the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders. The meetings were necessary to rip apart the partnership between the Chargers and Raiders; the Chargers and Raiders had agreed on the rival Carson site. Many NFL owner, including those on the committee that recommended the Carson site, believed that the Inglewood site was superior.

Even then, it is expected that if the stadium is not completed in time for the 2016 season, the Rams will play in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Chargers are not expected to move immediately to Los Angeles, but will move to the City of Angels within the next few years.

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Owners such as Jerry Jones had previously voiced their preference for a pairing between the Chargers and Rams. Chargers owner Dean Spanos proved reluctant to spurn the Raiders. Some reports indicated that Spanos was ready and willing to gather the nine votes necessary to block a Chargers-Rams plan. If that had occurred the issue would have been tabled for another year, forcing all three teams back into their original cities.

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That delay may have given Spanos and the city of San Diego enough time to put together a deal that would have kept the Chargers in San Diego, but that is not to be. As for the Raiders, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Raiders receive a monetary settlement to could go towards a new stadium in Oakland. Another option for the Raiders is moving in with the 49ers in Santa Clara.

The Rams will be back in Los Angeles for the first time in 21 years.